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Las Vegas (“The Meadows” in Spanish) was founded as a city on May 15, 1905. The Nevada Legislature created Clark County on July 1, 1909. The new county was named after William Clark, who brought the railroad to southern Nevada. Las Vegas became the county seat. At that time, Las Vegas was only 19.18 square miles and had a population of approximately 800.
Beginning in 1931, the construction of Hoover Dam brings an influx of construction workers which starts a population boom and gives the Valley’s economy, which was in the grips of the Great Depression, a needed boost. While gambling took place illegally for many years, it was officially legalized in March 1931 by the state legislature.
On a percentage basis, Las Vegas and Clark County experienced incredibly high growth rates starting in the 1930s and lasting until the Late 2000s Recession. During that period, the population of the city more than doubled in most decades. By 2000, Las Vegas was the largest city founded in the 20th century.
Despite the success, the home mortgage crisis and the Late 2000s Recession affected the economic success. While the city seems to be weathering the unprecedented recession, a slow recovery is predicted. Las Vegas has still managed to host many conventions and major events.
Las Vegas is commonly referred to as The Entertainment Capital of the World. Las Vegas is known across the globe for being a world-class destination.